Elana Gordon http://kcur.org en Young People Are Falling Into A Health Insurance Subsidy Gap http://kcur.org/post/young-people-are-falling-health-insurance-subsidy-gap Some young people seeking to buy health insurance are finding themselves falling into a subsidy gap that leaves them ineligible for financial assistance that was heavily advertised.<p>Subsidies in the health law were designed to lower insurance costs for people who make around $11,000 to $46,000 a year.<p>But for young people earning toward the higher end of that range, it's more complicated than that. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:36:00 +0000 Elana Gordon 52847 at http://kcur.org Young People Are Falling Into A Health Insurance Subsidy Gap Philadelphia Children's Hospital Bars Herbs And Supplements http://kcur.org/post/philadelphia-childrens-hospital-bars-herbs-and-supplements One of the nation's largest and oldest children's hospitals is cracking down on parents who bring their kids herbs, extracts or other dietary supplements.<p>In what it describes as a break from other hospitals, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, or CHOP, last month removed most dietary supplements from its list of approved medicines, and established new policies for administering them.<p><a href="http://paul-offit.com/">Dr. Paul Offit</a>, chief of infectious diseases at CHOP, tells The Salt the move comes after a "growing level of frustration" over the years. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 19:41:00 +0000 Elana Gordon 46844 at http://kcur.org Philadelphia Children's Hospital Bars Herbs And Supplements Pennsylvania Governor Talks Up Plan To Expand Medicaid His Way http://kcur.org/post/pennsylvania-governor-talks-plan-expand-medicaid-his-way Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett may have been watching fellow Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio who bypassed the Republican Legislature in his state this week to expand Medicaid.<p>As part of the Affordable Care Act, states have the option to make coverage available to low-income adults, with the federal government picking up the entire tab for the first three years.<p>Only <a href="http://kff.org/health-reform/state-indicator/state-activity-around-expanding-medicaid-under-the-affordable-care-act/#map">about half the states</a> so far have planned to do that, starting Jan. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Elana Gordon 45821 at http://kcur.org Pennsylvania Governor Talks Up Plan To Expand Medicaid His Way Cerner Fights For Share In Electronic Medical Records Boom http://kcur.org/post/cerner-fights-share-electronic-medical-records-boom This is a story about data. Lots and lots of data. And they're not just any data — they're extremely sensitive data.<p>The U.S. health system is undergoing a fundamental technological shift right now. Doctors and hospitals are finally moving to electronic health records, and it's <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/07/15/201410052/doctors-take-prescription-for-computerized-records">not easy</a>. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 21:03:00 +0000 Elana Gordon 40311 at http://kcur.org Cerner Fights For Share In Electronic Medical Records Boom KC Company Leads Technology Shift In Health Care http://kcur.org/post/kc-company-leads-technology-shift-health-care <p>The U.S. health system is undergoing a major technological shift right now. Some equate it to finally catching up to where the banking and airline industries have been for years.</p><p>It’s no small change, either.</p><p>Think about it, moving all those doctors’ notes into the digital realm, and then figuring out how use that data to make better health care decisions.</p><p>At the center of this shift is a company based in Kansas City called Cerner. Founded in 1979, Cerner has become one of the nation’s biggest players in health technology.</p><p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 20:24:45 +0000 Elana Gordon 38137 at http://kcur.org KC Company Leads Technology Shift In Health Care Kan. Lawmakers Approve Disabilities Plan, Despite Pushback http://kcur.org/post/kan-lawmakers-approve-disabilities-plan-despite-pushback <p>While the legislative session in Kansas has ended, many advocates for Kansans with intellectual and developmental disabilities are now worried about how the approved budget will affect services for some of the state’s most vulnerable residents.</p><p>Advocates like Tom Laing, with the service organization InterHab, fought against a proposed plan that would move non medical services, like adult day care, into a new Medicaid managed care program called KanCare.</p><p>In the final moments of the legislative session, lawmakers moved forward with that plan.</p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 20:27:54 +0000 Elana Gordon 37849 at http://kcur.org Top Of The Morning News: May 31, 2013 http://kcur.org/post/top-morning-news-may-31-2013 <p>Kansas lawmakers must go back to the negotiating table to resolve tax issues. The Kansas City Council approved funding for new soccer fields in Swope Park. The Council also approved a contract for ‘Phase II’ of the city’s streetcar plan. George Brett is back at the Royals' as interim hitting coach. Fri, 31 May 2013 12:30:30 +0000 Elana Gordon 37681 at http://kcur.org Most Infected Missourians Unaware Of Hepatitis C Status http://kcur.org/post/most-infected-missourians-unaware-hepatitis-c-status <p>A <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/hepatitisc/index.html">recent report</a> from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that only half of Americans identified as having had Hepatitis C ever follow-up with additional screening and treatment. But that’s only part of the problem, according to Bruce Burkett of the Missouri Hepatitis C Alliance. Nearly three in four people who have the disease don’t even know it. Mon, 20 May 2013 11:15:46 +0000 Elana Gordon 37003 at http://kcur.org Most Infected Missourians Unaware Of Hepatitis C Status Bill Expands Opportunities For Physician Assistants In Missouri http://kcur.org/post/bill-expands-opportunities-physician-assistants-missouri <p>Physicians Assistants, or PAs, may soon have more opportunities to practice in Missouri. <a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills131/sumpdf/HB0315T.pdf">A bill headed to the Governor’s desk</a> would provide more flexibility in how and where they provide care. Wed, 15 May 2013 23:06:05 +0000 Elana Gordon 36831 at http://kcur.org Bill Expands Opportunities For Physician Assistants In Missouri Missouri's Medicaid Director Leaves http://kcur.org/post/missouris-medicaid-director-leaves <p>The director of Missouri’s Medicaid program, Dr. Ian McCaslin, has left.&nbsp; Wed, 15 May 2013 15:48:26 +0000 Elana Gordon 36797 at http://kcur.org Missouri's Medicaid Director Leaves Liberty Hospital Announces Layoffs, Citing Pending 'Health Care Storm' http://kcur.org/post/liberty-hospital-announces-layoffs-citing-pending-health-care-storm <p>More than 100 employees at Liberty Hospital will be out of a job by the end of next week. The hospital says the layoffs are a response to a perfect storm in health care right now. That includes reduced Medicare and Medicaid payments, changes in the way hospitals will be reimbursed for care under the federal health law and increasing demands for charity care as individual health insurance costs go up.&nbsp; Tue, 14 May 2013 21:39:42 +0000 Elana Gordon 36756 at http://kcur.org Liberty Hospital Announces Layoffs, Citing Pending 'Health Care Storm' Getting To Know Midtown's 'Running Superman' http://kcur.org/post/getting-know-midtowns-running-superman <p>You may have seen him on the Plaza. Or maybe it was near City Hall. Or perhaps at Arrowhead Stadium on game day.</p><p>Where ever that may be, Michael Wheeler is certainly hard to miss.</p><p>The longtime runner and Kansas City resident wakes up each day and suits up for his long jogs in a rather unusual and flashy outfit: a superman-style cape and t-shirt. Tue, 14 May 2013 00:03:27 +0000 Elana Gordon 36688 at http://kcur.org Getting To Know Midtown's 'Running Superman' Insight Into The Trials And Joys Of Transgender Relationships http://kcur.org/post/insight-trials-and-joys-transgender-relationships <p></p><p>What does it mean to love somebody no matter who they are or who they become?</p><p>A common pledge couples make to each other is to be faithful “in sickness and in health until death do us part.” That pledge is put to a major test for couples where one partner changes his or her gender identity.</p><p><strong>Una Nowling</strong> and<strong> Fiona Nowling</strong> share their story of getting married and working through the gender identity transition.</p><p> Fri, 10 May 2013 12:57:44 +0000 Elana Gordon & Matthew Long-Middleton 36488 at http://kcur.org Insight Into The Trials And Joys Of Transgender Relationships Missouri Trails Nation In Overall Well-Being http://kcur.org/post/missouri-trails-nation-overall-well-being <p>Missouri ranks among the bottom third of states when it comes to its overall well-being. Meanwhile, the Kansas City region has room for improvement. That’s according to the <a href="http://www.well-beingindex.com/">latest data</a> from the polling group, Gallup. Thu, 09 May 2013 02:25:53 +0000 Elana Gordon 36419 at http://kcur.org Missouri Trails Nation In Overall Well-Being North KC Hospital Dispute Appears Headed Toward Resolution http://kcur.org/post/north-kc-hospital-dispute-appears-headed-toward-resolution <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A heated feud over the fate of North Kansas City Hospital may soon be coming to a close. Hospital and city leaders are meeting Friday in hopes of resolving their differences. Moreover, recently passed state legislation and newly elected local officials appear to have diffused the controversy. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 03 May 2013 05:44:40 +0000 Elana Gordon 36115 at http://kcur.org North KC Hospital Dispute Appears Headed Toward Resolution KC Hip-Hop Artist Les Izmore On Live Performing, KC Pride, Apples http://kcur.org/post/kc-hip-hop-artist-les-izmore-live-performing-kc-pride-apples <p></p><p>During any given week, local hip-hop artist Les Izmore may be found free-styling in the Crossroads, fronting an 18 piece afro-beat/funk dance band, or opening for big acts coming through, like Kendrick Lamar and <a href="http://www.songkick.com/artists/362686-talib-kweli">next week, Talib Kweli</a>. Thu, 02 May 2013 14:53:30 +0000 Elana Gordon, Suzanne Hogan & Matthew Long-Middleton 36043 at http://kcur.org KC Hip-Hop Artist Les Izmore On Live Performing, KC Pride, Apples Governor Calls For Continued Medical Center Funding http://kcur.org/post/governor-calls-continued-medical-center-funding <p>Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has been on an all-out tour of state universities this week, calling on lawmakers to extend a sales tax and maintain funding for higher education in the coming budget. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 21:31:21 +0000 Elana Gordon 35700 at http://kcur.org Governor Calls For Continued Medical Center Funding How Obamacare Might Change Your Private Health Insurance http://kcur.org/post/how-obamacare-might-change-your-private-health-insurance <p>After the passing of the Affordable Care Act, confusion about the future of health insurance in our country has become the norm. But as the legislation comes into play in the next year, everyone from private health insurance companies to employers providing health care to their employees need to be well versed on the upcoming changes.</p><p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 14:47:48 +0000 Elana Gordon, Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 35678 at http://kcur.org How Obamacare Might Change Your Private Health Insurance Organizers Bring TEDMed To Kansas City With Focus On Parkinson's http://kcur.org/post/organizers-bring-tedmed-kansas-city-focus-parkinsons <p>This week, upwards of 1,000 medical professionals and thought leaders are converging on the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. for the third annual <a href="http://www.tedmed.com/">TEDMed</a> summit. It’s a spin-off of <a href="https://www.ted.com/">TED</a> - short for Technology, Entertainment, Design – which features talks and performances from the group’s biannual conferences centering around the general theme of “ideas worth spreading.”&nbsp; Thu, 18 Apr 2013 19:15:40 +0000 Elana Gordon 35322 at http://kcur.org Organizers Bring TEDMed To Kansas City With Focus On Parkinson's A Review Of Medicaid In Missouri, Part 1: Eligibility Now And Under A Possible Expansion http://kcur.org/post/review-medicaid-missouri-part-1-eligibility-now-and-under-possible-expansion <p>Medicaid, the public health insurance program for low income and disabled residents, is no small chunk of change in Missouri. It comprises a huge portion of the state’s budget (more on that in Part 2). It also covers a lot of people: about one in ten residents.</p><p><strong>So, to expand or not to expand Medicaid?</strong></p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 23:57:01 +0000 Elana Gordon 35274 at http://kcur.org A Review Of Medicaid In Missouri, Part 1: Eligibility Now And Under A Possible Expansion Advocates Still Wary Of Infectious Disease Bill http://kcur.org/post/advocates-still-wary-infectious-disease-bill <p>Kansas health officials are trying to assure local health groups that <a href="http://kslegislature.org/li/b2013_14/measures/documents/summary_hb_2183_2013.pdf">a controversial bill</a> dealing with infectious diseases needed an update to response protocols for occupational exposures. Some HIV advocates, however, aren’t completely sold. Wed, 17 Apr 2013 13:19:25 +0000 Elana Gordon 35217 at http://kcur.org Advocates Still Wary Of Infectious Disease Bill The Role Of A Power Of Attorney In A Health Care Setting http://kcur.org/post/role-power-attorney-health-care-setting <p>What exactly is the role of legal documents, <a href="http://www.mobar.org/publications/dpa/">like a power of attorney</a>, in a health care setting, especially if a person is not related to the patient? An incident at a local hospital last week, which has struck a nerve with some LGBT groups and gained some <a href="http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/local_news/water_cooler/incident-at-research-medical-goes-viral-full-story-of-man-removed-from-sick-partners-beside">internet buzz</a>, spurred the question. Tue, 16 Apr 2013 08:58:25 +0000 Elana Gordon 35163 at http://kcur.org The Role Of A Power Of Attorney In A Health Care Setting Kansas City Experiences Rise In Unintentional Firearms Injuries http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-experiences-rise-unintentional-firearms-injuries <p>Firearms related deaths among Kansas City residents have remained steady over the last decade. While that’s still unsettling, health officials have identified an especially troublesome trend.</p><p>Over the last decade, homicide rates have gone down in Kansas City. Even so, about 100 residents are killed each year from guns. That breaks down to about two people every week.</p> Sun, 14 Apr 2013 22:55:07 +0000 Elana Gordon 35077 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Experiences Rise In Unintentional Firearms Injuries Missouri Attorney General Won't Appeal Contraceptives Ruling http://kcur.org/post/missouri-attorney-general-wont-appeal-contraceptives-ruling <p>Despite the urging of a top state lawmaker and some Catholic groups, Missouri’s Attorney General will not appeal a recent court ruling, which struck down a state law that would have required insurance companies to exclude birth control coverage if employers had religious, ethical or moral objections.</p><p><strong>State And Federal Rule Conflict</strong></p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 23:16:55 +0000 Elana Gordon 34960 at http://kcur.org Missouri Attorney General Won't Appeal Contraceptives Ruling Medicaid Expansion Uncertain In Missouri http://kcur.org/post/medicaid-expansion-uncertain-missouri <p>Last year’s Supreme Court ruling left a key part of the federal health law up to states to decide: whether to expand Medicaid. <a href="http://www.statehealthfacts.org/comparetable.jsp?ind=1075&amp;cat=17&amp;sub=205&amp;yr=1&amp;typ=5">About half of states</a> have said they’ll go along with an expansion. The rest are undecided or opposed. Leaders in Missouri are still divided on what to do. Missouri’s Governor supports an expansion but he faced one of his toughest crowds yet, when meeting with Senate leadership this week. Tue, 09 Apr 2013 21:40:16 +0000 Elana Gordon 34813 at http://kcur.org Medicaid Expansion Uncertain In Missouri Kansas Lawmakers Take Up Controversial Infectious Disease Bill http://kcur.org/post/kansas-lawmakers-take-controversial-infectious-disease-bill <p>A <a href="http://kslegislature.org/li/b2013_14/measures/hb2183/">controversial bill in Kansas</a> that has caused outcry from groups like the National Minority AIDS Council appears to be on track for approval by House and Senate negotiators, paving the way for passage by both chambers. Thu, 04 Apr 2013 15:27:41 +0000 Elana Gordon 34566 at http://kcur.org Kansas Lawmakers Take Up Controversial Infectious Disease Bill Voters Renew Health Levy, Strike Down Anti-Nuke Measure http://kcur.org/post/voters-renew-health-levy-strike-down-anti-nuke-measure <p>Voters in Kansas City, Missouri, struck down a measure in Tuesday's election that would have prohibited the city from giving incentives to companies that make parts for nuclear weapons. Voters lent their support, on the other hand, to renewing a property tax that funds neighborhood health clinics, ambulance services and Truman Medical Center. Voters also favored a ballot measure requiring that most nonprofits pay an existing city hotel convention tax. Wed, 03 Apr 2013 05:37:26 +0000 Elana Gordon 34488 at http://kcur.org Voters Renew Health Levy, Strike Down Anti-Nuke Measure Competition http://kcur.org/post/competition <p>It has been quite a week for one of the biggest sports competitions of the year. And just as march madness comes to a end the Kansas City Royals, kick off their season opener in Chicago.</p><p>In honor of these events we’ll be taking a look at the psychology of competition. It permeates not just sports, but almost every aspect of our lives as we compete for money, prestige and more.&nbsp; But, when is it healthy and when does it become detrimental not just to our personal, but social wellbeing?&nbsp; And how do we tell the difference?</p><p></p><p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 22:45:12 +0000 Elana Gordon & Matthew Long-Middleton 34425 at http://kcur.org Competition Health Tax Renewal Goes Before Voters Tuesday http://kcur.org/post/health-tax-renewal-goes-voters-tuesday <p>Kansas City has long supported health services for people without insurance or a means to pay. This is primarily done through a health levy, or property tax, that brings in about $50 million annually. A portion of that tax will soon expire. Renewing it is now up for a popular vote this Tuesday. It’s <a href="https://www.kceb.org/useruploads/Sample_Ballots/04_13_sample_ballot_FINAL.pdf">Question 1</a> on the ballot. Despite all the contention around health policies and spending right now, there doesn’t appear to be much opposition to the local measure. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 06:23:03 +0000 Elana Gordon 34198 at http://kcur.org Health Tax Renewal Goes Before Voters Tuesday Hallmark Petitioned For Hospice Cards http://kcur.org/post/hallmark-petitioned-hospice-cards <p>It seems like there’s a greeting card for everything these days: for going back to school, for anniversaries, and yes, even for losing your job. But what about a card for being in hospice or at the end stages of life? That’s the idea of <a href="http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2013/February/22/Regina-Holliday-patient-advocate.aspx">a high-profile patient advocate</a> who recently turned her attention to Kansas City. &nbsp;But as KCUR’s Elana Gordon reports, such a concept is not so easy to materialize.</p><p>This story was originally <a href="http://www.kcur.org/post/addressing-death-and-dyingthrough-greeting-card">published online</a> last month. Below is the audio and transcript for the radio version that aired on KC Currents March 24. Tue, 26 Mar 2013 14:44:57 +0000 Elana Gordon 34077 at http://kcur.org Hallmark Petitioned For Hospice Cards